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Poster: scotch_glass Date: Apr 20, 2013 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tell me about 1980

I'd like to hear some opinions on this year of Grateful Dead music. Thoughts, opinions, favorite/ recommended shows. I'm about to start doing some serious listening to this year and just wanted to have some others who are familiar with this year share some information. I have already listened to a few of the acoustic shows from late summer and liked what I heard there, so I'm diving into the whole year.

As always, I regularly listening to music from my favorite year, 1970, so I am excited to compare and contrast the band 10 years apart.

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 20, 2013 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

I enjoy 1980, the band is getting into the groove with Mydland and an album of new material to play incessantly over the year...as compared to nearby years, I prefer 81 and 82, but 80 is generally better than late 79...the acoustic sets played in the fall were consistently superb

as for the best shows, definitely check out the Alaska stand in June, 6/19, 6/20, 6/21...09-02 and 09-06 are outstanding, particularly 09-06, 11-29 is a nice show, fantastic Terrapin, however my pick for show of the year is 10-10-1980, absolutely love this show,a personal favorite Scarlet>Fire, classic versions of Althea and Jack Straw, just a great show...


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Poster: dark.starz Date: Apr 20, 2013 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

1980 was something of a transitional year and only caught the 15th Anniversary Shows in Boulder.

Agree with your assessment of Alaska West High June, add to the mix Mississippi River Fest & Spectrum August, Maine September, New Orleans October, Atlanta & Florida Late November, Long Beach December + 26th & 28th New Years Run, NYE was beat.

The acoustic set revival was the highlight of the year in what was mostly a thick sounding year in terms of recreational consumption.

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Poster: utopian Date: Apr 21, 2013 11:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

The country was really changing from 79-80, and the deads sound followed suit. A more conservative wind was sweeping the nation politically. Disco was out, Izod shirts, piano ties, the k car.

The dead moved from the power house funk of late 79 to a much more pulled in sound of 80.

1-13-80 is a must and one of my favorites
8-26-80 good sound
9-6-80 my first show, and an Althea that makes you weep

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Apr 22, 2013 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

No discussion of 1980 is complete without this show - maybe the last monster show ...


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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Apr 20, 2013 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

I saw my first two shows that year & I can heartily recommend them both:
(the http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/11/26/121126fa_fact_paumgarten#ixzz2D8SVAtFp show)

you can't go wrong with either of these 2 either...

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Apr 20, 2013 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

Samson & Delilah-PITB


The Music Never Stopped-Bertha


Comes a Time


Ramble on Rose


Peggy-O To Lay Me Down


Alabama Getaway-Promised Land-Estimated Prophet


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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Apr 20, 2013 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

I concur with everything strat said and only add that in addition to the great playing, the sound quality of the 10-10 acoustic set is absolutely top notch.

A couple relatively overlooked '80 shows that I like:

05-08-80 Glens Falls
A nice first set with lots of energy. Alabama>Promised is a little sloppy but rips along pretty good. Fine versions of FOTD and Ramble on Rose as well. The meat of this show is the second set. The pre-drums is all quite good particularly UJB and Eyes and then there's the Stella. One of my absolute favorites, the tone of Jerry's solo at the end always gives me goosebumps. If nothing else, you should definitely hear this.

AUD (if you don't mind a bit of crowd noise this is quite nice):

05-10-80 Hartford

A decent first set though nothing really stands out except for the Passenger. Not a huge fan of this song but this version is great. The magic is all in the second set it starts off with a very hot China>Rider and you can really sense that the band is very "present" (one of my favorite "wish i was a HEADLIGHT"s). And then the rest of the set is filled with some very unusual and well done song pairings and transitions. They keep the energy high all the way to the end. If you're adventurous then set the show to stream without peeking at the setlist.

SBD (set 2 only):

AUD (another very nice one)

A couple little nuggets off the top of my head:

06-05-80 Compton Terrace



06-08-80 Folsom Field

15th anniversary show, open with UJB>PITB>UJB. Uncle John's is especially fine

10-19-80 Saenger Performing Arts Center

Arguably the best acoustic performance of 1980. Great Bird Song, unfortunately only available as a fairly rough AUD


12-13-80 Long Beach

Probably not a top 25 version but I've always quite liked it, has some real oomph at times.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 20, 2013 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

05-08 real nice board...Garcia's solo at the end of Stella Blue is a bit unusual as he didn't typically use that much reverb, worked well, he briefly switches to a real creamy distortion before switching to his more standard tones in the close...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 20, 2013 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

I got married--good year, in that respect...saw the DEAD early (NY run of 79-80) and late (80-81), and that was it (those were the years that they settled into the Oak Col runs after Winterland shut down). Thus, I missed the Warfield shows of 80/81 (acoustic stuff). It was also the beginning of the end for me & the DEAD (I only saw them a time or two in 81 & one last time in 82), though this clearly is of no general interest. I do agree w strat that the early Brent yrs were such that we all thought "hmmm, not too bad, doobie dead look aside, his playing is not in your face, and he isn't singing much, so, lets give it shot" (we were REALLY glad Donna was gone, and we thought Keith had become less and less important...almost like Pig had, though we didn't know why--ie, the drug explanation wasn't widely circulating though it seems obvious now looking back).

I think that for those of us that came to dislike Brent, it was really his last five yrs rather than the first five, and I'd left by then...thus, I only heard about him starting to sing more and play more up front, etc., etc.

So, that's my vague recollection of the yr and the next few, which I doubt does you any good whatsoever.

I also see NO connection between 1980 and the events of the past week, but I imagine some numbskull could make a case for cause and effect...(Ahem; just saying--I agree with elb!?).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Apr 20, 2013 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

Got nothing much of substance to say about 1980, but I will say that I am also in agreement with Elb - and more than that I admire the economy of his comment in using two letters where I would have been inclined to use seven.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 20, 2013 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

or, you could have used the common (capitalized) abbreviation and kept your letter useage to Elb's minimum standard, thereby standing on-par with that worthy

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Poster: grateful phishmon Date: Apr 20, 2013 9:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

Definitely check out 4-1; not only for the April Fools gag. The whole second set smokes. Someone already mentioned 5-10, I second that. Gotta hear the acoustic sets. Other than that, I don't know that much about that year.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 20, 2013 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tell me about 1980

6-12-80 is a great show with a nice motb recording. The pinnacle of 1980 are the shows from 8-30 through 9-6. Of course everyone knows 9-6 but dont overlook 9-4 which is one of my favorites. Add Stat's 10-10, 10-14 (what a setlist!), 10-31, 11-30, 12-12 and 12-13 are all finely played and a great indication of what's to come in 1981.

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